Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

K, 6 & Up

We have to throw in something girly for this week--since I have a daughter, and she likes doing fun crafts with mommy even though she is a big first grader ;)

These pom poms are super cute--and super easy to make! Choose your favorite colors or favorite team and let's go!

To make this craft you will need:
  • Tissue Paper (your color choice!)
  • You need a "stick" to hold them, the original craft called for a dowel rod--I couldn't find one, but I did have large Popsicle sticks that worked great.
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
Unfold and smooth your tissue paper lengthwise.

Fold lengthwise, and cut it in half.

Now, fold your half in half (also lengthwise)

Cut strips starting from the bottom up to the fold-- leaving an inch at the top UNCUT. If you want to save some time, before you cut, fold your half in half again this time wideth wise, so you are cutting through 4 layers instead of two. Remember to leave an inch at the top where the fold is UNCUT.

Now wrap the fold edge around the "stick" of your choice and staple in place. The original idea called for tape--this did NOT hold for us, and it doesn't take much effort to add a staple.

You continue to do more and more layers until you get the fullness you are looking for. Since we used a staple I would add the next layer a few centimeters above the last layer so the staples wouldn't get messy.

My daughter was ready to play with them after only 3 layers, and we made ours 2 colors. If you want to do this, simply alternate the colored tissue paper layers (ex: red, then a white layer, then a red layer, etc.)

Go team go!

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